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Insights into the Use of a Mass Trapping Strategy to Control Fruit Fly Populations (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Guatemala: A Study Case in a Citrus Growing-Area

June 2023
Scientific articles | Cera-Trap®
Cotoc-Roldan, Edgar M., Vanoye-Eligio, Venancio, Castillo- Estudillo, Amablita, Reyes-Zepeda, Francisco, and Arellano-Méndez, Leonardo U.
87 Poniente 913, Puebla, Puebla, C. P. 72480, Mexico, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, División del Golfo 356, La Libertad, C. P. 87019, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Comité Estatal de Sanidad Vegetal de Chiapas, 4ta Oriente 10, Centro, C. P. 30830, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Victoria-Mante km 5 highway, C. P. 87000, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Florida Entomologist, 106(2) : 90-96

Mass trapping is a control method for fruit fly pests (Diptera: Tephritidae) in fruit-growing areas. This study aimed at providing information on the use of mass trapping using Cera Trap® to control fruit fly pests in a citrus-growing area in Guatemala. We analyzed the “flies per number of traps × exposure d” index and sex ratios of fly populations based on 3 trapping types: a mass trapping network, a monitoring trap in the center of a plot involving mass trapping, and another trap installed in a plot without mass trapping. Sex ratios within and between trapping types, as well as the flies per number of traps × exposure d between trapping types were compared. Eleven fruit fly species were identified, and 4 of them were used in the analysis: Anastrepha ludens (Loew), Anastrepha distincta (Greene), Anastrepha serpentina (Wiedemann), and Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann (all Diptera: Tephritidae). No differences in the sex ratio were observed between the trapping types, but it was female-biased within mass trapping. A negative effect of mass trapping on the flies per number of traps × exposure d of pest populations was noted. We discussed the use of mass trapping highlighting citrus agroecosystems as a shelter for fruit fly communities including pest species. Further research on agroecological variables and their effect on the mass trapping strategy is suggested.

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